So I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo and shit is going to get crazy in April. Camp NaNoWriMo is kind of like regular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), except there’s a lot more flexibility over the kind of project you can work on and the targets you can set (words, lines, pages, hours). Also, it happens in April. And July, in case April doesn’t suit or once a year isn’t enough for you.
As much as I’m sort of terrified, I’m really excited because I now have a timescale for my current project. I’ve decided to aim for a novella rather than a full-length novel, simply because it’s my first full book and it’s more important to me to actually finish it than to write a super long thing. My plan is to spend the rest of March finishing my character profiles and creating a plot (yeah, that’s maybe an important part of the book) and structure, so when April hits I’ll be ready to rock and hopefully complete my first draft in a month. I’m trying not to hyperventilate too much as I type those words. Deep calming breaths. Yoga. Herbal tea. Pictures of kittens. Phew.
I’ve been toying with ideas about how to release The Book (I really need to give it a title soon) out into the world when it’s done. I’m not totally against the idea of traditional publishing but I know it’s not going to be the right route for this project, so I’ve been looking into self-publishing platforms.
It’s all just at the nebulous thoughts stage right now and will probably stay that way until after April because I really want to focus on The Book until then.